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Central League: Rotherham United 2 Walsall 1

John Ward's Walsall Development team were back in Central League action on Thursday afternoon as they travelled North to take on Rotherham United.
The Saddlers arrived at this afternoon's match on the back of a superb 5-1 victory over Hartlepool United with goals from Ethan Freemantle, Dylan Parker and a Cameron Peters hat-trick proving more than enough to secure all three points..

Walsall had won five of their twelve Central League games heading into this afternoon's clash and were looking to continue their recent spell of formas they made the trip to the Roundwood Sports Complex in Rawmarsh.

Rotherham's most recent outing saw them defeated by Grimsby Town with the Mariners winning by three-goals-to-nil as Siriki Dembele, Ty-Rhys Paul-Jones and Rumarn Burrell all found the back of the net during a disappointing afternoon for a young Rotherham side.

Today's match, which kicked-off at 1.00pm, was a competitive contest with both sides pushing up the field in search of openings. The two 'keepers were kept busy with no room for error in the early goings.

The Millers took the lead after nine minutes of play as young striker Jerry Yates lashed the ball past Walsall goalkeeper Brandon Ganley. The attacker doing well to bring a high ball under control before sending the ball into the far corner.

Despite the early setback Ward's side refused to be swayed and would go on to level the scores after seventeen minutes as the ever-present Joe Cairns slotted the ball past goalkeeper Laurence Bilboe from a tight angle.

The teams continued to look for the game's third goal with both 'keepers coming under attack throughout the rest of the first-half and all of the second forty-five minutes, and the match looked to be heading for a draw until just seven minutes from time as Moussa Diouf tapped the ball home following an error at the back.

There was a long period of added time as Walsall defender Stefan Mason suffered a painful looking head injury as he collided with his own 'keeper during the build up to the goal. The defender was looked after by both physio's and the St John's Ambulance volunteers who were in attendance.

Thankfully Stefan was able to walk off the pitch under his own steam but will certainly require further treatment after what looked like a very painful injury.

2 - 1
Yates (9')
Diouf (83')
Cairns (17')

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